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[Met-jobs] Doctoral Position in Human Biometeorology (Freiburg, Germany)

From Andreas Christen <>
Date Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:02:35 +0200


Doctoral Position in Human Biometeorology and Sensor Technology


The Chair of Environmental Meteorology in the Faculty of Environment and 
Natural Resources 
at the University of Freiburg (Germany) offers a paid part-time position at 
doctoral level, employed at 65 % TV-E13. Start-date: November 1, 2019 
(negotiable), limited to 3-years.

We are seeking a doctoral student to conduct research within a 
multi-institutional European research project (INTERREG). The goal of the 
research project - which is at the intersection between human biometeorology, 
sensor technology, and nowcasting - is to improve heat warnings for specific 
occupational sectors and more broadly support climate adaptation strategies.

The doctoral program will be pursued in the Faculty of Environment and Natural 
Resources at the University of Freiburg (Germany) in close collaboration with 
the Research Centre Human Biometeorology of the German Meteorological Service 
(DWD) in Freiburg and with partner institutions in Germany, France and 
Switzerland. The thesis is to be jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Andreas 
Christen (University of Freiburg) and Prof. Dr. Andreas Matzarakis (DWD, 

The aim of the research project is to develop, test and implement a prototype 
of a mobile biometeorological sensor network in support of real-time thermal 
comfort assessment in different transient work environments (e.g. construction 
sites, transport companies, forestry, agriculture, …). Using real-time data 
form 100+ sensors, thermal stress indices will be calculated, submitted to a 
centralized server and aggregated for different occupational conditions. The 
measurements are in support of developing more targeted forecasts and official 
heat stress warnings by DWD and Meteo France. The prototype system will further 
be used to explore the effectiveness and usefulness to send targeted heat 
warnings and recommendations to employees within selected occupational sectors.

Applicants must hold a M.Sc. in meteorology, environmental sciences, 
environmental engineering, physical geography or a related field. The applicant 
will need to design, program and operate sensor networks, work with large 
datasets and time-series, and assess forecast products using feedback from end 
users. A M.Sc. thesis in a related area, with experience in human 
biometeorology, urban climatology, or environmental data analysis or 
forecasting is advantageous. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit:
* Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific area of 
* Curriculum Vitae.
* Copies of your university degree(s) with grades (B.Sc. and M.Sc. certificate 
/ Diploma certificate and transcript), or alternatively documents that 
demonstrate completed degree requirements or expected completion with grades.
* Suggestion of a referee with contact details.

We particularly encourage applications from women for the position advertised.

Please send in a complete application along with the above-mentioned supporting 
documents by September 15, 2019 at the latest. Please send documents with 
reference to “INTERREG Doctoral Position” to the following address in written 
or electronic form (max 10 MB). All electronic submissions will be confirmed. 
Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this 
reason, please submit copies only. Please note that although the project has 
been approved, the position is subject to final administrative approval.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Christen
Professur für Umweltmeteorologie
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Werthmannstrasse 10
79085 Freiburg


For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Christen 
( or Prof. Dr. Andreas Matzarakis 

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